In the last few weeks, I have lost two sweet friends….both quilters and both from lung cancer.
The first was a woman who I have never met in person, however she encouraged me from afar by reading and commenting on my blog posts. Her name was Maggi Birchenough, she lived in the UK and I was looking forward to meeting her sometime. I will miss her!!!
The second was a woman named Cathy Rowan. Cathy and I met many years ago when she joined our quilting guild. She was active in the guild and in quilting for a long time but had moved on to other things in later years. She was an avid photographer and always took photos of our quilt shows.’'
Professionally, she was a Child Advocate in the Court system and many kids in our area owe their existence to her.
When we first heard that she was sick I asked guild members to provide patches to make a quilt for Cathy, but unfotunately we heard that her condition had worsened and that we didn’t have a lot of time. So, instead, I put together a small lap quilt for her…..
When I took the quilt to her, she was so excited to get it and kept saying that she couldn’t believe the guild still remembered her….how could we forget her!!!
We talked aboult quilting and she told me about the favorite quilts that she had made, including a beautiful White-on-White hand quilted one. She also remembered with fondness the people who she made quilts for and I know that those lucky recipients remembered her just as fondly.
She passed away 2 days later and I am happy that the quilt brought a bit of brightness into her life. She was a woman who spent her life helping and she will be greatly missed!!